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minority, i think the bars are different. we experience that all time. we experience better for the past eight years. i joked when i was on the campaign trail, the barges cap moving. you meet it and then it would change and we are seeing that now, quite frankly. the bar -- [laughter] i mean that bar is going places. it is amazing to watch. >> michelle obama interviewed by tv creator and producer shauna rimes tomorrow night at 80 stern on c-span. last weekend the annual democratic steak fry was held in polk county, iowa. they heard from illinois representative sherry bustos and massachusetts representative and kim ryan. this is just over one hour.
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[applause] good afternoon. i am lindsay paulson, cochair along with kimberly at the polk county democrats event committee. i would like to start out by thinking hour more than 100 volunteers that are here today to make our event successful. this event was built entirely on volunteers. one of the most inspiring things for me has been to watch our political veterans and our local freshmen come together to revive an american tradition. as you are leaving today, please stop and think some of the individuals in the light blue t-shirt spread those are your volunteers and individuals who worked hard to make today access but it's my honor to begin the presentation from our three headliners and introduce our first headliner sherry bustos of illinois. it's fitting we decided to have me introduce the congresswoman, the one who was born in illinois.
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she represents illinois 17th congressional district which includes western, central and northern illinois. in her third term, she focuses on job creation, strengthening our economy, and building a stronger middle-class. she's been an advocate for veterans and working women and families and she has worked across the aisle with democrats and republicans on commonsense solutions to cut government waste and she strengthened both medicare and social security. born in springfield illinois, the congresswoman grew up in a family that taught her the importance of hard work, caring for others, and public service. she began her career in journalism before moving into healthcare. the congresswoman is currently a leader in the make it in america plan to create more good paying jobs in our community spreadsheet also helps lead the effort to make sure all american flags purchased with federal dollars are one 100% made in america. with a focus on launching the next industrial revolution in
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illinois, she successfully worked to bring the first of its kind digital manufacturing lab to illinois. congresswoman is a member of the house agricultural committee where she has worked across the aisle to pass the first long-term farm bill in quite a few years. in addition, as iowans, one of the things we can admire the most about her is her ability to flip her long-standing registered to blue. in her 2012 election, she was considered to be one of the most viable challengers against a republican incumbent and was able to benefit from the congressional red to blue program. she was very viable in her efforts in one her election 53% - 47%. we've got a few things to learn from her and based on the crowd, i think there are a lot of people very interested in hearing from a fellow midwesterner on how to turn a red district blue.
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she was recently elected to serve as the cochair of the democratic policy and medications committee. as the only midwesterner elected to house leadership, she is working to make sure they connect with working-class americans. the last thing i would like to share is a personal story. a dear friend of mine was born in the quad cities and has moved to the west coast. when telling her about the steak fry, i stopped and said one of her headliners is your parents congresswoman. she immediately said oh, sherry bustos? i hear a lot about her. how did you get her? i told her, we got her because she is here to teach all of us how to flip iowa to a blue state once again. without further ado, please help me welcome our neighbor, congresswoman sherry bustos. [applause] >> hello iowa. how is everyone doing.
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i am really tall so i am going to try to figure out, oh well, that might be harder, i'm not technical enough to raise that. how is everybody doing. good. someone who's more technical than i. thank you so much for that's what you get for being tall in iowa. it is great to be back in des moines. i tell you why, believe it or not, i can actually see iowa from my house. i really can't. i'll tell you why. right outside my front door literally is the mississippi river. on the other side of the mississippi river is what. when i'm getting up in the morning and i'm having my first cup of coffee in the morning, i see the great state of iowa every single morning.
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while i come from the illinois quad cities, believe it or not, i've actually spent most of my professional life here in iowa. the nice introduction that was shared with you, i cross the river for 17 years working as a journalist in davenport. for another three and a half years i drove from the quad cities to des moines and i worked in healthcare here. literally emma and mike in my direction a little turned around but principal park is that way, i literally okay, some are pointing that way and some are pointing that way. i lived right outside principal ballpark. i absolutely loved watching the iowa cubs. when i go to or from the games, anyone go to the highlife lounge. [applause]
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the old vintage beer, i would have a beer or two. all the beers there are pre-1979 so i would have a beer and anybody ever have the fried spam sandwich. i'd have that and then i'd have a pickled egg and it would just remind me of a whole some healthy midwestern eating that we all love. [laughter] what makes des moines special? what makes iowa special, it's not the restaurants of the food, it's the people. it's people like you. we may have a rivalry, iowa and illinois on the basketball court or the football field and of course we both have the best farmland anywhere in the world, but i do know where we are the same, i once and illinois in the midwestern values and ethics. wiest share that pride in
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american manufacturing and when we walked down main street we do it a little differently than other places. we look up and we say hello because were with midwesterners. when our neighbors or friends fall on hard times, we come together and help them. it's why we call it the heartland because it's who we are. that's what i'm here to talk to you about today. if you leave this place with nothing else, more than this, please know this, there is hope for democrats in the heartland. since november, we have heard a lot about the counties that voted twice for president obama and then switched to donald trump. in fact, there was not any state where more of that happened by county,
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unfortunately, then in iowa. did you know that? and then in my state, there were 11 counties, we have 102 altogether, a little more than your 99, but in illinois there were 11 counties that went from president obama to donald trump. all but two of those, nine of the 11, were in my congressional district. i share that with you for a little perspective. donald trump won my congressional district, but i won by 20 points. [applause] i know a thing or two about donald trump voters. what happened is after november, i had folks who turned me and said you are like a political unicorn. in other words, when you're a midwestern role democrat, were almost an endangered species.
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we have to change that. it pains me to admit that. like a knife to my heart, there are some of the democratic party who want to write off districts like mine and forget about states like iowa and say it's too darn hard to elect democrats in rural america and that we should be flown over. we've got news for them. the heartland is far from trump country and the road to a successful democratic party runs right through the heartland. i'm sure there are so many people in this audience who worked so hard and we think about how hard you all work, i traveled to more than
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22000 miles and went to about 22 congressional districts from small towns to big cities, not just in iowa and illinois but also indiana, minnesota, michigan, montana and you know what i saw? i saw too many forgotten corners of our country, too many forgotten places from our own party. we can never let that happen again. we will need your help on that. one reason i know we won't let that happen is because we started this program we called build the bench. it's an all day candidate boot camp where we are working with candidates whether they want to run for dogcatcher or congress. we are making sure they walk away from that training knowing how to win. i know were making a difference because just before i came here, just down the
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road a little bit, we had one of the boot camps right here in des moines. i can tell you, you've got some wonderful candidates who arare ready to step up to the challenge. [applause] this is what tom bill said, your former governor and my friend have been talking about for a generation or more. it's got a start from the bottom up. we can win in the midwest. i know we can win, we just need to make sure we take that approach. we know it's on the agenda of our republican friends. we know what's happening in washington, and you certainly know what's happening here in iowa. this repealing collective bargaining rights, privatizing medicaid, cutting education funding, this is the republican agenda. it's plain for all to see. what is our agenda? did you think about that?
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we have been criticized for not having a clear and compelling vision. i think a lot of the critics are right about that. what happened. why do our friends in small town all throughout the heartland feel they've been left behind? why have we lost more than a thousand seats in state legislatures in less than a decade. i can tell you what i've learned from my own district and it starts my friends by getting off the interstate. lesson number one. it starts by visiting the town square, the main street pub, local church, not just political functions, but places like i just talked about and it starts by listening to hard-working americans who not only feel like they been forgotten, but
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maybe they really have been forgotten. far too many of them are struggling to hang on to the middle class american dream. they're tired of working harder for a paycheck that keeps getting smaller. we know they don't want to hand out, they just want to chance that real work. we need to show we not only understand their fears, but also their anxieties and their aspirations. they are tired of politicians they keep hearing but who really are doing anything. they want us to do something. frankly, my fellow democrats, they don't want resistance. they want results. that's what i hear when i go to places like the grocery store. we go to something called supermarket saturday. i talk with moms who are picking out there froot loops in their dads who are picking out there pepperoni pizza. what i hear from them as they want to make sure were not
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just listening to them but we take what we learn and turn that into legislation and we fight them. also it's what i hear when we do something, i job shadow people, i'm a certified forklift driver, i want to know that. anybody ever go to a carpet processing plant? okay, don't wear sandals when the mississippi river and carp guts are on the floor. i've met so many people. i've met home nurses who work not just the day shift but the night shift and wonder if they can take their families on vacation in the next year. i've met farmers were worried if they will be the last generation to farm the land that's been in the family for generations. i met truck drivers who are getting on in their years and worried about their pension and wondering if they might just have to work well into the 70s.
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they are tired of looking into the future and not seeing the future. you know who else saw this frustration, donald trump. he saw that frustration. you know what he did with it, he exploited it. he has made a bunch of empty promises to the americans who have fallen on hard times, but think about this. where are his results? not a single jobs bill has been presented to us from the trump administration. in fact, there's not been one bill of any significance that has been presented to us. this is a guy who, on the campaign trail, spent months attacking goldman sachs to do what when he got in our office, build his captains with goldman sachs executives. here's a guy who wants to cut the u.s. department of agriculture budget by 21 cents on the dollar. then he wants to charge us,
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mr. and mrs. taxpayer, about $3 million every time he flies down to malabo. meanwhile, his treasury secretary is flying off the plane that we are paying for with his wife so he can go see the eclipse. this is going on. this is a raw deal. i'm here to tell you, we as democrats, we get a better deal. it's founded in the principles of creating better jobs, better jobs, better wages, and a better future for all working americans, and it starts by rebuilding our structure. [applause] how do we create all the shops question that we rebuild our infrastructure. not just the roads and bridges but everybody in iowa who has anything to do with agriculture knows we also have to rebuild our locks and dams. let's take a look at ultra high speed trains.
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i wasn't expecting that to get a reaction, but i'm totally with you. here's the other thing. there are 23 million rural americans who don't have access to high-speed internet. that's the infrastructure were talking about. we need to invest in our talent type line by doubling what we invest in programs like apprenticeships and job trainin training, and when we look at tax reform, something that's going on in congress right now, we've got to make sure we are getting tax incentives to these companies that we can call patriot companies. that's how we will get to 10 million good paying jobs, when we make sure we recognize businesses who invest in american workers with affordable healthcare, affordable childcare. let's have our tax code work for americans and here in iowa and illinois, not against us.
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hard-working people we know, they want a fair pay for a fair job and they want to make sure wall street doesn't come in and figure out some scheme to send their jobs overseas. we need to make sure we are rewarding companies that not just want to benefit their own bottom line but our country's bottom line. my friends, we are at a crossroads. have spell that out. i think we are at a crossroads and we feel it. in many ways were in this unchartered territory with the great divide in our country. we've seen divides, a divided country before. for those of you who have lived in your 50s or 60s, you've seen a lot of that division in our country. this really feels different this time.
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it seems like the norms and the standards and principles that have sustained us for generation are being questioned and really are under attack. as democrats, it is up to us to break down these barriers and bring our country together once again. it is up to us to fight for those values that have always made america great, and it's up to us to prove to hard working men and women who have been left behind that we will never give up on them. character doesn't come from succeeding in easy times. as i went you know that. it comes from facing adversity, staring it down and coming out on top. we are being challenged, but we also stand on the shoulders of great democrats who have come before us. democrats like fdr and jfk, democrats like bobby kennedy and barack obama, and democrats like tom harkin and
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tom bill zack. this is our heritage, this is our foundation, and this is who we are as democrats. we will never stop fighting to strengthen working families. we will never stop fighting to restore the american dream, and will never stop fighting to build a better america. democrats, let's never give up. thank you very much. [applause] >> please welcome polk county democrat cochair kimberly boggess. [applause] >> thank you. good afternoon my fellow democrats. it is great to see so many of us here gathered together to bring back and i would tradition. i can't help but think there
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are more than 1500 of us gathered here because we have seen the damage the republican agenda has done here in iowa and across our country. a few weeks ago, someone asked me what really has me fired up. i took a second, thought about everything that makes me a democrat and i came to the realizatio realization that when everything is under attack, it's hard to know where to start. we are gathered today because we have a common goal. we are building coalitions, we will fight and we will win. under new leadership in iowa, we are winning special elections, awards, city councils and county supervisors. these people have stepped up because they wanted to serve and we thank you and encourage more of you to run. now, when i was asked to introduce congressman, i had to do my homework. the old google search. i was pleased to see that just
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like myself, he is still his stt loans. it is a fun club to be in, said no one, ever. in 2001, he joined the marines days after graduating from college. only months before the attacks of september the 11th. he served for tours in a war he didn't support, but still he served. his infantry platoon was one of the first to reach baghdad in 2003. he attended graduate school, worked briefly in the private sector where he felt compelled to serve again and he iran for public office in his home state of massachusetts. his platform was to run on bringing a new generation of leaders to washington, and he won.
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he has served two terms since being sworn in and has worked tirelessly to bring bipartisan bills with great success, including faster care for veterans act and modernizing government act. he was named the most effective freshman democrat. that's a big deal. since the 2016 election, he has focused on creating a new economic agenda that will make a difference for american families and reforming the democratic party. by doing that, we will win. we will take back the house in 2018. seth has been recruiting and mentoring service driven leaders across this country who are new to politics and want to run for congress. please give a warm welcome to congressman soft moan.
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seth moulton. >> thank you, thank you kimberly. thank you polk county democrat. how are we feeling today. there is a lot of energy out there and i like to see that.
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i asked all the workers, do you have any questions. there was great silence. one kind lady raised her hand and said, who are you. , why are you here. i understand some of you may be asking that question. to be honest it's a question i've gotten a lot in my life. it's a question my parents asked when i signed up to serve in the marines before 911. it's a question my friends asked when i went back for for tours and award that i disagreed with. it's a question that the
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democrats asked when i took on an 18 year incumbent in my own party even though it saved the seat from a republican. it's a question our party leadership asked when i'm willing to cross the aisle to work with republican to advance an american priority. [applause] the answers that question is very simple. i do these things because they are the right things to do. it is the same reason that democrats like you come across the country, have marched in hundreds of thousands to support women and reject tape. it's the same reason why democrats have stood up across this country and town hall and congressional districts to demand of the republicans that we fix obamacare, not repeal it. it is because of democrats like you that when we remember
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trumps three campaign promises, to build a wall, to ban muslims, and to repeal obamacare, he is 0 - 3. but let's not pretend that trump and the republicans haven't done any damage. let's not pretend that everything in america is okay. there are a lot of good americans in small towns and big cities across this country who are hurting today. our party, the democratic party is in the worst position since the 1920s to do anything about it. in the white house, the senate , house of representatives, and in state legislators across the country where we've lost over thousand seats in just the past decade.
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that means we've got work to do. that means we have changed to make. that means we can't just doing the same old thing and expect to win again. we had to get back to our party roots. we've got to get back in touch with the voters that we have lost. the reality is a lot of americans feel left behind, not just by the republicans, but by our party and by our country. i want to share a story about one of those americans who got left behind because he's one of my heroes. his name is james hassell. i served with james in iraq. he grew up in a poor family in alabama. he joined the marines because he wanted to serve his country. when our platoon got in a tough spot in iraq in 2004, and another marine named ryan from vermont got hit with a
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grenade, james put him on his back and carried him through machine-gun fire to be evacuated. james saved ryan's life. it was a great risk of his own. when james got out of the marine corps, he wanted to continue serving so he went to school and he got a degree in nursing and he got a great job working in an emergency room so he could keep saving lives back your home. >>
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>> the first time genes father ever got on an airplane to go to his son's funeral. we can do better than that, america. for people who put their lives on their wine -- on the line for their country. [applause] >> recently got a call i had not heard from pete in a while turns out because he is homeless. homeless. and james and pierre not the only americans. we're leaving them behind the factory floors, their jobs taken over by robots
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you used to be able to bring home a good paying salary. we've lost americans who used to serve in planned parenthood clinics before republicans decided that politics is more important than people. we have left behind americans to run lunch counters across the great nation and put out of business by those big chains that pay lower taxes just because they have lobbyist in washington. and to my republican friends , we will not fix any of this hamlet of for any of these good americans by slashing veterans care and mental health care and
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cutting obamacare without health insurance and we are not going to make america great again if we leave all of these great americans behind. [applause] you have to give trump credit but his solution is to send this back to go back to this mythical vision of the country of 1955 when half of the lunchrooms were segregated by the color of their skin. trump is threatening to get this into nuclear wars overseas and to bring as domestic terrorist right here at home. but while president trump
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wants to rotate best back words remind americans that democrats can take is for word. we realize that politics is not a game with the score capped in washington d.c. it is about real people would realize. that what matters every single day that is why i served four tours i did not want to leave my fellow marines behind and i knew we could do better. [applause] that's why i a sign that to serve before and 11 because i believe in this country so much so i am willing to fight and die for it. that's why it took on the establishment democrats, my old party because if you're not willing to get involved
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you will much change the system. while i can stand up to that establishment leadership today because america's needs us to win again. [applause] in my platoon serving with guys from all over the country and making the -- massachusetts and alabama and california and texas from a gated community outside of park city we came together with remarkably different backgrounds and religious beliefs and political beliefs but at the end of the day to set aside those differences to do what is right for america.
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why is that? we had a common mission. america and the day mission. to bring us all together. we all on the same team at the end of the day. in this age of automation and to have a role to play them we respect those who don't have a college degree. and from the college degree heading on his wall. [applause] number read ever trusted me based on the degree on-line.
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let's show america and the world we can build a green economy there is five times as many jobs and agreed economy has coal and gas america should the this new economy. so let's show america to build 21st century infrastructure because everybody in america a big city or small town you need broadband access to the same new jobs on the internet. let's build a real high speed rail you should get there on a high-speed train in 30 minutes and come back
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to that same small town you grew up bin where you want to raise a family in support your local businesses. and let me talk for a second about this border wall that mexico will not pay for. show me a 30-foot wall i will show you a 35-foot ladder. [applause] but the wall that we should be building that we actually need is a cyberwall to stop the chinese from attacking american en businesses because american workers should benefit from american ideas those you choose to is the next president not those russian dictators.
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[applause] that is a mission that can bring us all together again to rise above to revive small towns across america. if we do these things we can move america forward again. why do i think we can do this? because we're democrats. it was democrats who got the side of the great depression and the democrat for victory of world war ii and a democrat said we will put a man on the moon leading the right for civil rights and democrats to lead the fight for equal rights and democrats said once and for all you can marry lou you want my brother can marry whom he once.
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democrats today are protecting and preserving universal health care. it is time for a new generation of democrats. [cheers and applause] to tell us how everybody can be a part of the economy of our future who into iraq and afghanistan. if we do that we can move this country forward again if we show leadership america needs us to win again. [applause] let me close with one little story. living in dallas texas that
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was a very unlikely position to be here. i went to church every week. the church i went to was the same that president george w. bush went to. remember when he was the biggest problem we faced in america? of good old days. and i don't agree with everybody he sat next to me that every week at the end of the service we all stood together and to raise you up on eagle's leans to make you shine like the sun there are
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a lot of americans so say it with me we will raise you up you can do better than that. we will raise you up. we will raise you up. when you see a homeless man in the street we will raise you up. when you see a down girl who can't get in a good education, we will raise you up. when you see a veteran hampered by opioids v will rise you wet behind those divisive politics when you see those people we will rise above you and we will raise you up in the next election. [cheers and applause] that is what we need to do. rise up we need you. god bless you i am with you
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every step of the way. [applause] cement please welcome back our county chair. [applause] >> can we get another round of applause? that was wonderful. we had more elected officials coming in with that senate minority leader. if you have not yet the democratic parade down key the live peace in all of our parades' going forward.
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[applause] the ohio 13th district which is a blue-collar district since elected 2003 leaving quieted name for himself to be one of the most outspoken invoices -- voices from organized labor to introduce the currency for the fair trade act with currency manipulation from countries like china and a long history not just as a congressman and the the state legislature with the earned income tax credit also in interesting that he meditates in to help the eating welcome to this day cry. [laughter]
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a lot of people have said he was just here in july. we had six days to plan we had 80 people show up back kootenays end before dale. so that the democratic party needs to be the party that has to take a shower when day get home from work the are ruth went crazy it was an easy decision looking at our headliners bold voices and folks who could talk about the economy congressman tim ryan checks of those boxes please start me to welcome congressman and tim rice and. [applause] >>. >> it is good to be in big 10 country.
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>> it is so great to be here with old-fashioned politics with candidates and discussions about the future of the democratic party across the country and also here in iowa after a well thought campaign in congress and governor we will come together as democrats to make sure we take back this data via was. [applause] -- the state of iowa. i have been in congress 15 years for though long this time i was single than about four years ago i got married. i went from single to barry and that is a slight change of lifestyle.
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but i also married a woman with two kids and single, with the wife with two kids. we had to get some neutral territory and what do do with the new house? you have to get a dog. then what happens? you come back with the two dogs. i go from single, married with two kids and two dogs and then we have another so addicted and one house. something happens during the course of an evening i had
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not recognized happening for a while. it is called silence. i was sitting on the couch and i looked around at 10:00 that night and no one was around. everybody was upstairs in it then and probably in the same bed. so while the family was all asleep with the run of the house he grabs the remote-control. i'm flipping through the channels. i had not seen that in a while. we're watching nickelodeon and paul patrols a you look through sports.
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and i find a documentary on in jaime valvano the coach and giving a speech he says god must have loved ordinary people because he made so many of us. but every day in so many different ways ordinary people doing extraordinary things. all across america ordinary people doing extraordinary things and i thought to myself with the democratic party is at its best, we're
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the party to help ordinary people be able to do extraordinary things. we have an obligation to help ordinary people think of what we stand for. and that has been a challenge quite frankly for our party we relied too much some harvard attorney coming up with something planned the solutions to our country's problems needs to come out of youngstown ohio from dubuque and davenport and des moines and gary indiana for girl we had an
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anniversary in youngstown september 1977 that is known as black monday that was the day they closed down there facilities and we saw thousands of jobs in our community tollway and there was an article that has my wife's family and my mother-in-law says i will never forget that day. when bobby came home for girl lunch pail in hand with
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dirt on his hands and said i don't know what we will do. i just our $4,000 from his parents to pay for new house with two little kids and the potential loss of a job. that is the same thing that has happened in communities all over the united states of america. that has been wiped out. what frustrates and angers me that these committees have not recovered because america has not made priorities to recover. >> if we go up to south
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carolina at the textile mill. in the plants like ours to have three or four the steel mills in the communities and families suffering because of the. for go first into the state senate. i was 26 years old. and then i remember why i started. with the local steel plant. about to go bankrupt. and how they would save a the of business.
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with those employee own operation so those built by a the packard brothers. so why walk-in as a news day senator and it is packed to end up on the stage somebody from kent state university and 2,000 families and workers there. and as i walked in and there were two aisle spacing the stage with microphones and this guy you could hear him say, we've got to do something about this. i've got a wife.
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i've got kids, house payment, i don't know what we're going to do but we've got to do something. that is my machine. i run that machine every day. i want to run the machine. my machine. that is the dignity of work. [applause] our party has to focus like a laser beam on that me and orville waitress with two kids who was on her feet all day long. they don't think there with the city more. we lost them to trump.
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while i am mad at the republicans i am just as mad at us for letting that happen. no way this guy should be president of the united states. [applause] and we let those people down. we let them down. we did not see them or listen to them. and to be a national party, not a coastal party in the united states we have to get those workers back from ohio, wisconsin and indiana pa. iowa kentuckians. [applause] those are our people and we have to go get them. we have a lot of challenge
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and globalization and automation we have a diabetes epidemic in the united states. coming down the pike is a driverless truck and more automation but in about 2020 by states the number one job is truckdriver pc automation in all manufacturing we have 3 billion people are moved into the middle-class we have the climate getting warmer 6 degrees in the next seven years coming down the pike we have venture capital money 75 percent goes to
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three states of california and massachusetts and new york not ohio 49 let's -- that is a challenge for us. in iowa and across the country that we have watched while the republican party has done nothing they ask is who is black and who is white, a man, woman, a gay, straight, urban, rural america. divide and divide and divide. become a long as democrats and reconfirmed their divisions that if you are
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the african-american men will talk to about voting rights. if you are a woman i talked to about choice if you were gay lgbt writes. we have confirmed their divisions we played into their hands. now they hate on us i don't want us to hate back that only produces more hate. those challenges we have to come together is the only way to solve these huge challenges facing our country. [applause] we cannot let them drag us into hateful arguments and divide us we have to come
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together. there is nothing we can achieve together and that is what this is all about. this whole experiment of democracy in self-government people benefit politically by dividing us up. we don't have the power not one group has the power and guess what then the end of the individual groups will be able to do a damn thing. we have our work cut out for us to talk about the things that unite us. especially as democrats.
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fighting for equality and justice for everyone. to let everyone know that we will fight for their economic well-being their jobs, pension, a paycheck and health care. if we do that we will be back in the majority in iowa and across the united states. >> one last point we have to think big again. this is day a little critique i have been noticing and we have to think big again. with those $15 an hour it is
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entirely appropriate. that is not the aspirations and. that is the only economic plan that we have. men and women want to make $40 an hour but they hear democrats only talking about $15 we don't connect with those people we have to talk about high paid jobs. we cannot talk about going car been neutral. we have to start because of the sixth degree increase of the climate using it global warming and reversing it with the energy that we use.
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we cannot do this with the anti-business party. i have not saying we should not ask the wealthiest people in the united states to pay more. one hundred don't pay a dime of the corporate tax. or dividends asking the wealthy to pay more but we can do that and say how do i get general electric to higher 2000 people in youngstown? i want to help you make that happen sometimes we come off so anti-business we have to work with venture capital
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you can just have government do it the past to be a partnership i will tell you one story. you cannot tell by my name but i am half italian. we are obnoxious. so my grandfather growing up could not speak english. he went to school and got thrown out for girl it was a shame because growing up he forgot italian because he was so traumatized.
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then he started to walk to school again there was one black family one african-american family they were down the street in the italian neighborhood by my grandfather and my grandmother tells the story she would tell the story of my grandfather in the 1920's when danes were really bad to walk down the streets and stop at the black kids house and wait at the end of the driveway for the kid to come out and walked him to school every single day.
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the little dark skinned italian boy and the black kid walk to school together. that is how i grew up in how you grew up. day walked -- they walked together for the next five or six decades as a young kid in the civil-rights movement and then day transformed the united states of america with unions and that should not be a dirty word. [applause] they passed social security and medicare and medicaid and a civil-rights because they walked together. there is nothing that we can
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do in the united states of america if we walked together. [applause] will only say what bobby kennedy is to say they do not promise you he's or comfort but i promise you these hardship and sacrifice and i promise you victory. they akio iowa. [applause]
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. >> i personally think our leadership is done a tremendous job but we have a black thing and depth of talent in the caucus and it is time to ruth pass the torch and i want to be a part of that transition we have some great members the don't get the opportunities that they should and i were like to see that change. >> would receive policy put up a fight if challenged?. >> i don't know. there are a lot of members in our caucus everybody has an opinion i don't know the answer. >> your suggests jean generational change win or
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lose it is time for her to go?. >> i don't want to using gopher out. >> all three of them?. >> i think it is time to pass the torch there all of the same generation their contributions are substantial but i think there is a time when you have to pass the torch [inaudible conversations]


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